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  • Summary: The four sons of well-known Brooklyn-based mobsters must team up to retrieve a bag of cash in a small Montana town ruled by a corrupt sheriff.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 26
  2. Negative: 15 out of 26
  1. 75
    The movie crosses two formulas -- Fish Out of Water and Coming of Age -- fairly effectively. Because it isn't wall-to-wall action but actually bothers to develop its characters and take an interest in them, it was not at first considered commercial by its distributor, New Line, and languished on the shelf for two years.
  2. It has its moments of swaggering camaraderie, but more often just feels generic, derivative and done to death.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    50
    Young male auds should warm to its cool criminal ethos, sharp dialogue, charismatic cast and wry humor.
  4. 38
    There's nothing original about the father-son conflict that forms the core of the film, nor is there enough suspense and drama.
  5. 30
    Koppelman and Lieven's toneless, generic direction style is slack, not slick, and they handle actors like livestock. Only John Malkovich, as Matty's psychotic uncle, retains his dignity.
  6. Will satisfy only those who can't tell the difference between the good, the bad and the ugly.
  7. 10
    One of those strained caper movies that's hardly any fun to watch and begins to vaporize from your memory minutes after it ends.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Aug 13, 2014
    7
    The story was not really interesting but the acting was.Seth Green as a gangster,it's actually pretty stupid but there was some good actionThe story was not really interesting but the acting was.Seth Green as a gangster,it's actually pretty stupid but there was some good action scene the actors were good in their roles. Expand
  2. Feb 22, 2013
    3
    Why would anyone watch a movie that features Seth Green as a gangster or any movie with Vin Diesel for that matter? Personally, I had veryWhy would anyone watch a movie that features Seth Green as a gangster or any movie with Vin Diesel for that matter? Personally, I had very little interest in this film, but I wanted to see it because of John Malkovich. He is so funny and no one plays the bad guy, better than he does. As always, Malkovich was brilliant, in an otherwise awful movie. Knockaround Guys is the story of four gangster's kids, who are tired of being nobodies, and decide it's time to make a score of their own. A score that they manage to royally screw up. It's a good premise for a movie and it was written pretty well. They did a great job casting veteran actors like Malkovich and Dennis Hopper to play the crime bosses, but they really blew it when it came to casting their kids. Seth Green isn't believable at all, seriously, I think the little kid in the beginning of the movie could kick his ass. They try to cover up the fact that he doesn't fit the role by making him a drug addict, but it doesn't work out. Vin Diesel is another one, he may be terrific in crazy action films that hardly have any lines, but when the role is something of substance, and requires a personality, Diesel is the last person who should be cast. He is one of the worst actors I've ever seen, but there is a bright side. When Arnold Schwarzenegger first started acting, he was pretty terrible too, but after gaining some experience, he blossomed into a superstar, who gave us some great films. I hope the same can be said about Diesel in a few years, until then, unless you're a die hard John Malkovich fan, you can avoid seeing this giant mess of a film. Expand

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